Cummins Roars Back Into NASCAR Competition

The company looks to add to its rich racing heritage through a partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Clint Bowyer.

Cummins recently announced that it is returning to stock car competition, with the company inking a three race deal to sponsor the No. 14 Ford driven by Clint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 

Cummins will sponsor Bowyer’s No. 14 car at three of the most prestigious races on the NASCAR calendar: Bristol, Indianapolis and Talladega. While the sponsorship provides Cummins a unique opportunity to connect the company’s brand to innovation, dependability and success, it isn't Cummins' first foray into motorsports. Quite the contrary. In fact, the company's involvement in motorsports can be traced back to the founder of Cummins himself, Clessie Cummins 

"Cummins has a nearly 100-year commitment of developing innovative technologies that enable our customers’ success," said Amy Boerger, Vice President of Sales, Cummins Inc. "We are pleased to partner with Stewart-Haas Racing, a company that shares this deep commitment to innovation and success, as we add another chapter to our rich heritage in auto racing. Personally, I cannot wait to see the Cummins brand back on the racetrack with Clint Bowyer and the No. 14 team."

Read: "Cummins and the Indianapolis 500: A Time-Honored Tradition in Racing." 

The sponsorship is a homecoming of sorts for Cummins, which has deep motorsports ties in IndyCar and NASCAR. Cummins’ racing lineage dates back to the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 when Clessie Cummins, the company’s founder, served on the pit crew for Ray Harroun’s winning Marmon Wasp. A Cummins powered IndyCar also sat on the pole for the 1952 Indianapolis 500, the only diesel powered car to hold that distinction, and Cummins was the primary sponsor for Al Unser Sr. who won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in 1987.

The Cummins Diesel Special
The Cummins Diesel Special was an innovative Indy 500 Roadster that set a recording-breaking pole speed of 138 MPH at the 1952 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. 

In the stock car world, Cummins adorned Mark Martin’s Ford in the 1990’s, often appearing on the Hall of Famers iconic red, white and blue paint schemes. Martin drove Cummins sponsored cars to 25 victories during the heyday of NASCAR. 

The sponsorship also provides the opportunity for the company to partner with one of Columbus, Indiana’s favorite sons, Tony Stewart. Stewart is a co-owner of SHR and echoed his excitement to see Cummins return to stock car racing. 

For as long as I can remember, Cummins and motorsports were one in the same, said Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, 1997 IndyCar Series champion and four-time USAC champion.

"Cummins always had a presence in the Indianapolis 500 and I remember seeing their logo in NASCAR for years with Mark Martin," added Stewart. "To be able to team up with a hometown company and help Cummins grow its business with another SHR partner in Rush Truck Centers, is something I take a lot of personal pride in. I know what winning feels like as a driver, but this is what winning feels like when you’re a team owner." 

Be sure to tune-in and watch Clint Bowyer drive the Cummins sponsored car at the following races:

  • Saturday, Aug. 18 – Bristol Motor Speedway (NBCSN)
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (NBCSN)
  • Sunday, Oct. 14 – Talladega Superspeedway (NBC)
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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Design Competition Gives College Students a Chance to Tackle One of the World’s Great Challenges

Cummins is co-sponsoring a design competition with the ESTECO Academy.
Cummins is co-sponsoring a design competition with the ESTECO Academy.

Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger calls it the challenge of our age. How do we meet the world’s sustainability needs and grow the economy at the same time? Undergraduate and graduate college students will get a crack at that challenge along with the opportunity to use some pretty sophisticated software.

The company is joining forces with the ESTECO Academy to sponsor the Microgrid Design Competition in collaboration with ANSYS and Gamma Technologies. The challenge: design the best microgrid with reduced overall costs and minimized carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, taking into account operating conditions and other constraints at the Cummins Megasite in Phaltan, India.

“We wanted to get students thinking about a project that involved electrification and alternative energy and see how Cummins is operating in that space,” said Kevin Brittain, Multi-Disciplinary Optimization Group Leader for Cummins Power Systems Engineering in Seymour, Indiana (U.S.A.). “We have woven in the cost aspect and environmental impact so students are challenged to find the ‘perfect’ blend of providing the necessary power at the lowest cost and environmental footprint.”

Entrants will get access to ESTECO’s modeFRONTIER modular environment as part of the challenge, enabling them to use principles of engineering and modelling tools to address the challenge and all its complexities. 

Brittain, who is leading Cummins’ involvement in the competition, is a big proponent of using the latest optimization tools to enable more robust product designs in the face of the conundrum presented by Linebarger and others. The tools use mathematical calculations and related approaches to arrive at better designs faster.

Kevin Brittain, Cummins engineer
Kevin Brittain, Multi-Disciplinary Optimization Group Leader for Cummins Power Systems Engineering

“As engineers, we are always pursuing optimization, in fact all of our lives are really solving optimization problems of some sort,” Brittain said. “The reality is that our problems are becoming more and more complex and processing through the solution space manually and without models is a tremendous challenge.

“Today, the best decision-makers can think two or three layers deep into their trade-off space,” he added. “But with optimization tools coupled with simulation tools like we are asking students to use on this project, we can greatly enhance the decision-making process as we can now consider trade-offs across tens of objectives concurrently.”

Students interested in the challenge can learn more at a special website. The competition includes cash prizes for first, second and third; one year of membership in the ESTECO Academy and members of the top three teams will be considered for internships at Cummins.

“These are really exciting times to be an engineer at Cummins,” Brittain said. “We want to offer our customers a broad portfolio of power products so they can choose what works best for them. That means we need people who can use the latest tools to keep our economy growing and meet the world’s sustainability goals.”

Learn More: ESTECO Academy Microgrid Challenge

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

Cummins Powers Women Program Celebrates International Day of the Girl

Participants in Rise Up’s Girls’ Voices Initiative in Kenya learn how to develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives.
Participants in Rise Up’s Girls’ Voices Initiative in Kenya learn how to develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives.

Women and girls are half the world’s population. When women and girls advance, we all move forward. The Masai ethnic group in central and southern Kenya are pastoralists, moving to and from areas raising livestock. Their society is strongly patriarchal; male elders decide most major matters for each Masai group. But Cummins Powers Women partner Rise Up is working to change this.

Rise Up’s Girls’ Voices Initiative (GVI) enables Kenyan girls to learn about girl-centered advocacy, leadership and how to develop their own strategies to improve girls’ lives. Rise Up is one of eight non-profit organizations Cummins is partnering with through the global Cummins Powers Women program, Cummins’ commitment to the advancement and prosperity of women and girls around the world. 

Peris is a 14-year-old Masai girl with a mighty voice, advocating to keep Kenyan girls in school. She is one of 24 girls participating in the GVI to stand up for change. Together these girl leaders are advocating for legislation to bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya.

Peris, a participant in the Girls' Voices Initiative.
Peris, a participant in Rise Up's Girls' Voices Initiative.

“I was inspired to work on issues affecting girls in my community because girls have been undergoing many problems, including FGM, early marriage, teen pregnancies and dropping out of school,” Peris explained.

“I attended the training and learned that a girl was not put on this earth to be invisible and not given life only to belong to someone else," she said. "I learned that girls can also be confident in their future and focus forward as the boys can do. I learned that I can speak up for girls’ rights.”


   
GLOBAL REALITIES FOR GIRLS

Today, on International Day of the Girl (Oct. 11), Cummins celebrates young female leaders like Peris, who are working to change their current reality. Consider these facts :

•    Globally, nearly 15 million girls under age 18 are married every year – or 37,000 each day.
•    One in three girls aged 15-19 has experienced some form of female genital mutilation in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
•    600 million girls live in poverty.
•    Every additional year of schooling for a girl increases her future earnings by 10 to 20 percent.

Although Kenya’s Female Genital Mutilation Act (2011) prohibits FGM nationwide, the practice remains common in certain regions. The prevalence of FGM in Peris’ community of Kajiado County is among the highest in the nation, affecting about 73 percent of women and girls (KDHS, 2014). 

Thanks to the training they received from Rise Up, Peris and her fellow girl leaders advocated for their rights. Together, they asked for support from the school chairmen, teachers and boys, and within their community, speaking with key chiefs and village elders.

Their leadership and advocacy resulted in the Members of the County Assembly implementing the FGM Act in Kajiado County. This is exponential change, and that’s why Cummins is partnering with Rise Up and other organizations advocating for women’s advancement around the world. 

PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK

When women and girls have equal opportunity for education, skills development, pay, child care and healthcare, then girls, women, families and ultimately economies prosper. 

The Cummins Powers Women program represents the next phase of Cummins’ commitment to large-scale community impact and powering a more prosperous world. The program has started projects in seven regions around the world, reaching more than 1,500 people in 10 countries. 

The company’s investment of more than $10 million will support a range of effective programs already underway:

•    In North America, the Cummins Leadership Team is helping Girls Inc. create an advocacy approach to influence policy and government support for legislation that help girls and young women.
•    In Australia, local Cummins leaders met with students at Girls Academy schools to learn about their interests and goals. Girls Academy is the leading provider of school based programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia.
•    In Cambodia, local Cummins leaders joined program partner CARE Australia in meeting young female students at two local schools to learn about their day to day lives. CARE is working to improve girls’ education in the northern provinces of Cambodia. Cummins and CARE also met with government officials to discuss the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills development in school curriculum. 
•    In Kenya, Cummins' leaders will be engaging in the Rise Up leadership accelerator in November, focused on young Maasai women. The program will engage 20 high school girls and 10 of their teachers, helping the girls develop their voice for advocacy and training the teachers on how to support the students.

The positive and inclusive environment for women at Cummins is the catalyst for us to dream about a future for all women and girls that includes abundant opportunity for global leadership, invention, skill and creativity. That’s why Cummins is lending its powerful voice in communities to cause exponential change in the lives of women and girls. 

Lucy, another youth leader in Rise Up’s Girls Voices Initiative in Kenya, captured many of the issues facing girls in her community in a short video. It was selected as one of 12 winners of the Girls Rising Creative Challenge out of nearly 900 submissions.

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Mary T. Chandler

Mary Titsworth Chandler is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation. She joined the company in 2011 serving in Corporate Responsibility and became the leader of the function in 2015. A lawyer by training, Chandler practiced law for 25 years prior to working at Cummins.

Cummins Named to Key Sustainability Index for a 13th Consecutive Year

Remanufacturing centers like the one in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), return Cummins’ engines and parts to productive use, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, the practice saves the energy needed to build new products.
Remanufacturing centers like the one in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), return Cummins’ engines and parts to productive use, keeping them out of landfills. In addition, the practice saves the energy needed to build new products.

Cummins has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for a 13th consecutive year, missing the minimum score for inclusion on its world index by a single point.

The index is one of the most prestigious sustainability rankings in the world. Participating companies must complete an exhaustive self-assessment supported by publicly available data covering a wide range of areas including the environment, governance, ethics, safety, innovation, customer support, human rights, and philanthropy and community service.

“Sustainability for Cummins is about making sure that we do our business in a more effective and more efficient way,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said in a recent interview for the Business Roundtable, a group of business leaders dedicated to playing an active role in the formation of public policy. “We want to make sure that as we continue to give power to people around the world, we do it by consuming and impacting the world less.

 

 

“This challenge, meeting the sustainability needs of our planet while continuing to grow our economy, is the challenge of our age,” he added, "and Cummins is facing this head on.”

Cummins’ consistently high ranking in the Dow Jones sustainability index for North America reflects its commitment to sustainability. In 2018, the company saw major gains in the scoring of its answers for human rights (the company adopted a new human rights policy late in 2017) as well for its strategy for emerging markets, operational eco-efficiency and corporate citizenship.

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones sustainability index is based on an analysis by RobecoSAM, an investment group focused exclusively on sustainability investing for more than 20 years. It says the number of companies submitting surveys for review has consistently grown over time, increasing 5 percent alone in 2018. RobecoSAM says that’s evidence of the growing importance of sustainability as a key investment factor. 

Cummins has also done well in other recent sustainability and environmental surveys and rankings. The company finished 25th in Newsweek’s 2017 Green Ranking of U.S. companies, 45th on the Forbes-Just Capital list of the Just 100: America’s Best Corporate Citizens in 2017 and 60th in Barron’s first-ever list of America’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies, announced earlier this year.

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

New Center is Next Step in Cummins’ Innovation Efforts

Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey leads a tour at the new Cummins Machine Integration Center.

Cummins officials today (Sept. 18, 2018) dedicated a state-of-the-art integration center designed to test the integration of company products and concepts into customer trucks and other equipment.

The new Cummins Machine Integration Center in Columbus, Indiana (USA), is capable of testing a variety of powertrains, including electrified power, and represents another significant step in the company’s efforts to enhance innovation across a broad portfolio of power options.

“This facility is already a key tool in our toolbox as we work to provide turn-key machine integration solutions for our global customers,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Cummins. “In addition, we can showcase our global integration technology leadership and provide an enhanced workspace for our employees who will have new opportunities to develop their skills and capabilities.”

The new center replaces a crowded facility in Columbus that was retrofitted for the same kind of work. The new center is larger, with room for 60 to 70 trucks on the site, and includes 16 dedicated service bays, a fabrication shop, an instrumentation lab, a parts inventory and a powertrain integration area. Everything is laid out for the greatest possible efficiency, including making it easier to pick up materials for recycling.

The new center has room for 60 or 70 trucks on site and includes 16 dedicated service bays.
The new center has room for 70 trucks on site and has 16 dedicated service bays.

PERFECTLY ALIGNED

The center is perfectly aligned with the company’s goal of offering customers a range of dependable power solutions, including clean diesel, natural gas, and hybrid and fully electric powertrains. It has a dedicated space just for electrification work, with limited access to ensure only those with the appropriate safety training can enter.

The new building also has office space for about 45 employees and plenty of collaborative working space for visiting employees from nearby Cummins facilities who might have business at the center. Finally, the new center has room for expansion as critical technologies are identified and incorporated into Cummins products.

Dedication of Cummins Machine Integration Center
A crowd of elected officials, the media and Cummins employees attended today's dedication and toured the facility.

A BUILDING WITH A PURPOSE

A lot of the center’s work will be dedicated to figuring out the best way to integrate Cummins’ engines and other products into customers’ machines. Cummins is an independent engine manufacturer so a lot of the company’s products are sold to customers who build trucks and other equipment. The company wants to be a partner in its customers’ success so product integration is critical.

But there will also be “real world” testing going on at the center into the concepts the company is exploring for possible use in the future.

Photo from the Cummins Machine Integration Center Opening
It's been a busy year for innovation at Cummins, as the company looks to continue as the industry leader in its field.

A BUSY YEAR FOR INNOVATION

The center is merely the latest step in the company’s innovation efforts over the past year. Cummins acquired several companies to enhance its electrification efforts. It opened a new technical center in India in March and celebrated the 50th anniversary of its technical center in Columbus in October of 2017.
 

blair claflin director of sustainability communications

Blair Claflin

Blair Claflin is the Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc. Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that. [email protected]

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